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Isn't It Romantic (2019)

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A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

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Erin Cardillo (screenplay by), Dana Fox (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra reveal which romantic comedies represent them and how Isn't It Romantic basks in the glory of the genre's clichés.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebel Wilson ... Natalie
Liam Hemsworth ... Blake
Adam Devine ... Josh
Priyanka Chopra ... Isabella
Betty Gilpin ... Whitney
Brandon Scott Jones ... Donny
Jennifer Saunders ... Natalie's Mom
Alex Kis ... 12 Year Old Natalie (as Alexandra Kis)
Jay Oakerson ... Gary
Rao Rampilla ... Food Cart Man
Marcus Choi Marcus Choi ... Cute Guy
Hugh Sheridan ... Cute Guy
Luciano Acuna Jr. ... Cute Guy
Ray Anthony Thomas Ray Anthony Thomas ... Boss
Zach Cherry ... Co-Worker
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A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material, and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isn't It Romantic See more »

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$48,791,187
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the past, Rebel Wilson was very cynical of rom-coms, much like her character Natalie. Through compiling research for the film, however, which required watching numerous rom-coms, she grew to love them. See more »

Goofs

When Natalie returns to the subway after her accident, she grabs flowers besides the stairs and throws them on the floor. In the next scene, the thrown flowers have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Blake: You wanna maybe take a stroll?
Natalie: That's funny. My Fit Bit sometimes vibrates and says, "Wanna stroll?" But when you say it, I don't wanna smash you.
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Crazy Credits

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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Written by Andy Connell (as Andrew Connell), Corinne Drewery and Martin Jackson
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surprisingly clever
13 February 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. I'm not usually the guy anyone turns to for recommendations on Romantic Comedies. Rather than dreamy and fantasy-like, I find most of them imbecilic and disrespectful to those of us living in the real world. It's because of this predisposition that I was cautiously optimistic when I heard that Rebel Wilson's new movie offered a satirical look at the genre. Well, it turns out the movie is more spoof than satire, yet I was pleasantly surprised to find it darn funny and quite clever.

The story begins with a young girl mesmerized while watching Julia Roberts in PRETTY WOMAN. A minute later, the girl's fantasy is shattered when her mother (Jennifer Saunders) explains 'there are no happy endings for girls like us.' We then flash forward 25 years to find that little girl has grown up to become Natalie (Rebel Wilson, PITCH PERFECT), an architect whose lack of confidence and self-esteem has caused her career to stall and her daily life to be a grind (even her dog ghosts her). Additionally, Natalie is a skeptic when it comes to love, and offers up a brilliant rant on the misgivings and pain caused by Romantic Comedies. The rant is directed towards her loyal assistant Whitney (Betty Gilpin, "GLOW"), who spends a significant portion of each workday streaming rom-coms at her desk.

Of course, Natalie's rant foreshadows everything we are about to see, and it all occurs after a freak subway accident leaves her concussed. It's at this point where Natalie finds herself trapped within her own Romantic Comedy ... the kind of world she so disdains. All of the familiar rom-com tropes and clichés are mixed in, and Natalie is kind enough to literally point out most of them. The obvious comparison here is to Amy Schumer's I FEEL PRETTY, but this film benefits not just from the very talented Ms. Wilson (a master of dry snark), but also a cast that is fully on board.

Liam Hemsworth (aka Mr. Miley Cyrus) appears as Blake, the picturesque, charming and of course, very rich romantic lead. Priyanka Chopra (BAYWATCH) stars as the stunning competition-in-love for Natalie, and Adam Devine (PITCH PERFECT) is Josh, Natalie's nice guy co-worker and not-so-secret admirer who can't seem to escape the friend zone. Given the times, it is a bit surprising to see Brandon Scott Jones take his stereotypical gay friend Donny so over the top. The love quadrangle plays out as expected, yet thanks to the site gags and Rebel's zingers, it's quite entertaining.

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson and writers Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, and Katie Silberman clearly have a solid grasp on the repeatable offenses that occur during most romantic comedies, and I would have preferred they cut a bit deeper in their commentary, but understand the decision not to. They offer us a rare Prozac joke, the new phrase "extra invisible", and the best use in years of Percy Faith's "Theme from A Summer Place". Toying with the PG-13 rating is also part of the gag, and the musical interludes are funny enough, especially the finale presented in Bollywood style. Expect this one to be a favorite on ladies night out, and don't be shocked if some men on dates catch themselves laughing a few times.


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